“The Thirteenth Tale” was a lucky grab as a blind date with a book for my 2018 Reading Challenge. I found this at a local bookstore in the area, with a caption that fully encompassed what the book contained. Thanks to the reading challenge, I have another book on my list to recommend to fellow readers, and non-readers alike.
“The Thirteenth Tale” was a beautifully written story that captured the beauty of both being a reader, and a writer. It is a story meant for all members of the book community alike, after all, we each have our own part to play. It’s refreshing to see a book that takes on a love of reading and books, and incorporates it into the story.
Diane Setterfield has a wonderful writing style. The words just seem to flow between the pages, with a story that is sure to captivate and draw the reader in immediately. Not only can they relate to the characters in the book, but they may even find elements of themselves within the pages. I can’t express enough how much this story speaks to people who love to read, myself included.
Along with this, there is an element of mystery within the story. As the writer in the story tells her tale, the reader, in the book and real life, is trying to put the puzzle pieces together. When the final elements are revealed, the classic “ah-ha” moment is present with a brilliantly disguised slight plot twist. When the end is reached, the reader is left to wonder at what happened, and the possibilities for the characters in the story left untold.
“The Thirteenth Tale” was a refreshing story to come across, and one that I would not normally pick up. I only wish the story was longer, because the writing, and what was in the story was so beautiful. For anybody looking for a book, with the potential to reignite parts of your inner reader, or just as a refreshing take on a love of reading, this is a book for you.